Entries for December 2015
And the Word became flesh and made his
dwelling among us, and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son
full of Grace and Truth.
John 1: 14
Dear Friends In Christ,
Peace and blessings to you and your family!
What a great joy it is for us to be gathered once again to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord - a day like no other, when the Son of God makes entrance into our world. A day when God comes into our homes to encounter men and women of all ages and race. Today is a great day of rejoicing, a reminder that the love of God knows no...
“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Lk 1:45
During these weeks of Advent, an invitation was extended to us to prepare a home for the arrival of the Son of God - a kind and gentle invitation by the Creator who wills that all should be saved through his Son Jesus Christ. In order to accept this wonderful invitation of grace and healing, a strong faith in God is necessary - that is “the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen" - trusting that the Lord who is kind and merciful will guide and lead us in the ways that ...
More than half of all charitable giving is made
during the last two months of the year.
Why? It is a time of year when we express thanks for
the many blessings we have received. It is the
time when we review our finances and do our tax planning.
As you consider your end-of-year tax planning, please consider a gift to St. Francis Xavier Parish and School. Any donations received or postmarked by December 31 can reduce your income taxes if you itemize, and make a positive impact on our parish and our school. We invite you to be an indispensable part of intro...
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your request known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts in Christ Jesus."
Many of us like the people in the gospel are constantly asking the same question, what must I do to inherit the kingdom of God? what else can I do? At times figuring out our lives can be quite difficult - that is why listening to the voice of God is k...
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths."
How are you preparing for Christmas?
Some of us already have our trees and lights up as we get ready for yet another grace filled season in a world that often forgets that there is a God. It would seem that God has been replaced with ‘busyness’ and at times the mere mention of Jesus is deemed offensive in some circles. Taking God out of our lives has ‘freed’ us to become ‘gods’ and slaves - thus leading to a dulled and darkened conscience, increased v...
Blessed Advent to you and your families!
It is my hope to reflect with you during this Advent season on our call to grow in holiness. Advent is a grace filled time of waiting for the Son of God to enter into our world and reshape it anew - It is a time to recommit ourselves to following God above all things - a sort of spiritual cleansing as we await the arrival of such a great guest.
This Sunday we begin with a beautiful passage taken from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians - were Paul prays: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have fo...
Please pray for our Parish Council Nominees. We thank these men and women for their willingness to serve our parish in the hopes that thier time and talents will serve the good of the parish and her members!
Elections - December 19&20, 2015
1. Jeff Bogue is married to Pattie Ancell Bogue, who was born and reared in Sikeston and St. Francis Xavier Parish. After his 2013 retirement from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Jeff and Pattie realized her dream of returning to Sikeston. He has experience on parish and school boards in the Diocese of Memphis, including chair of his p...